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Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?

Looks like the "power of nightmares" is finally being given some air by the LA times. Now I hope the CIA will not only give up on bin laden, but come clean on Al-qaeda too. Maybe they can make something up new for us, so we don't have to make them look dumber then we do. It's our own fault, we voted for these fools...or did we? Looks like the jokes on us.
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I'm sure Rove, Murdoch, et al, are cooking up some damage control/distraction for this one. Whatcha think?

1)More Tsunami?
2)More Iran/Syria?
3)More un-american surveillance?
4)Peg-legged Zarqawi making an assault on Israel?
5)Straight up martial law and 9/11 II?
6)More Social Security distraction?
7)Couple of blurbs on Iraq and the election(not too much)
8)Target a hate campaign against Howard Dean?
9)Target a financial deflation campaign against Americans?(too late)
10)All of the above

Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist?

To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical, especially in the context of the U.S. media's supine acceptance of administration claims relating to national security. Yet a brilliant new BBC film produced by one of Britain's leading documentary filmmakers systematically challenges this and many other accepted articles of faith in the so-called war on terror.

"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear," a three-hour historical film by Adam Curtis recently aired by the British Broadcasting Corp., argues coherently that much of what we have been told about the threat of international terrorism "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services and the international media."

Stern stuff, indeed. But consider just a few of the many questions the program poses along the way:
If Osama bin Laden does, in fact, head a vast international terrorist organization with trained operatives in more than 40 countries, as claimed by Bush, why, despite torture of prisoners, has this administration failed to produce hard evidence of it?
How can it be that in Britain since 9/11, 664 people have been detained on suspicion of terrorism but only 17 have been found guilty, most of them with no connection to Islamist groups and none who were proven members of Al Qaeda?
Why have we heard so much frightening talk about "dirty bombs" when experts say it is panic rather than radioactivity that would kill people?
Why did Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claim on "Meet the Press" in 2001 that Al Qaeda controlled massive high-tech cave complexes in Afghanistan, when British and U.S. military forces later found no such thing?

Of course, the documentary does not doubt that an embittered, well-connected and wealthy Saudi man named Osama bin Laden helped finance various affinity groups of Islamist fanatics that have engaged in terror, including the 9/11 attacks. Nor does it challenge the notion that a terrifying version of fundamentalist Islam has led to gruesome spates of violence throughout the world. But the film, both more sober and more deeply provocative than Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," directly challenges the conventional wisdom by making a powerful case that the Bush administration, led by a tight-knit cabal of Machiavellian neoconservatives, has seized upon the false image of a unified international terrorist threat to replace the expired Soviet empire in order to push a political agenda.

Terrorism is deeply threatening, but it appears to be a much more fragmented and complex phenomenon than the octopus-network image of Al Qaeda, with Bin Laden as its head, would suggest.

While the BBC documentary acknowledges that the threat of terrorism is both real and growing, it disagrees that the threat is centralized:

"There are dangerous and fanatical individuals and groups around the world who have been inspired by extreme Islamist ideas and who will use the techniques of mass terror - the attacks on America and Madrid make this only too clear. But the nightmare vision of a uniquely powerful hidden organization waiting to strike our societies is an illusion. Wherever one looks for this Al Qaeda organization, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the 'sleeper cells' in America, the British and Americans are chasing a phantom enemy."

The fact is, despite the efforts of several government commissions and a vast army of investigators, we still do not have a credible narrative of a "war on terror" that is being fought in the shadows.

Consider, for example, that neither the 9/11 commission nor any court of law has been able to directly take evidence from the key post-9/11 terror detainees held by the United States. Everything we know comes from two sides that both have a great stake in exaggerating the threat posed by Al Qaeda: the terrorists themselves and the military and intelligence agencies that have a vested interest in maintaining the facade of an overwhelmingly dangerous enemy.

Such a state of national ignorance about an endless war is, as "The Power of Nightmares" makes clear, simply unacceptable in a functioning democracy.



The Power of Nightmares - Part 1-3

"Baby It?s Cold Outside"

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.


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Hmmm 12.Jan.2005 08:35


Didn't we just hear that Madrid(311) was 911 days apart from 9/11?

What date is 911 days from 3/11? or maybe 311 days from 3/11?

Maybe the CIA should start looking at that, just in case they are being unimaginative again. Americans now have to pick up the slack for our incompetent, fascistic, and overpriced national security...which has just been made more ineffective so a few girls from Jersey could have closure. Now the rest of us suffer.

The Emperor's Democracy 12.Jan.2005 09:06


Amerika bringing freedom to Iraq and the world.

El-al CiaDUH 12.Jan.2005 11:34


I still believe there is a front organization for terror known as Al-Qaida, just not as presented by our illustious leaders. as outlined in our open and free press.
BTW- the Israeli press has a clue...  http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml...


"Early last week, Rashi Abu Sba, head of the preventive security apparatus in Gaza, the equivalent of the Shin Bet, accused the Israeli security service of tricking young Palestinians into conducting missions in the name of Al-Qaida."

Keep Your Nightlights On 12.Jan.2005 11:52


Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?

Yes, they're hiding under your beds and in your closets.

You ask: Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman? 12.Jan.2005 11:53

Bird Dog

does the sun rise in the east?

Indeed 12.Jan.2005 12:09


"...a tight-knit cabal of Machiavellian neoconservatives, has seized upon the false image of a unified international terrorist threat to replace the expired Soviet empire in order to push a global agenda."

They didn't just seize upon it after the fact of 9/11.They've wanted it for a long time (ie,the Cheney PNAC group's expressed need for "another Pearl Harbor") they planned for it, they anticipated it, they monitored it, they were ready for it.Now they've run into reality...'but we must stay the course...we can never negotiate with Islamic terrorists or Baathists...'(but we could manipulate them when it suited.)

Similarities 12.Jan.2005 12:23


They Live!

John Carpenter's "They Live" (1988), starring Roddy Piper, appears to be
Will Roddy find his special glasses and defeat them a second time?

Here's an interesting thought. 12.Jan.2005 15:06

Tony Blair's dog

"They've wanted it for a long time (ie,the Cheney PNAC group's expressed need for "another Pearl Harbor")"

Wouldn't an American WANTING an event like Pearl Harbor to happen again
be successfully prosecuted as a TRAITOR?

Now we have a whole pack of scumbags who wanted JUST that.

They even states that publicly their now infamous blueprint "Rebuilding America's Defenses".

Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century
A Report of the Project for the New American Century
September 2000

Ho ho 12.Jan.2005 17:38


You might suggest that to the Department of Justice, TBD. That Gonzales fellow seems like an eager and enthusiastic type...maybe the case will go before Judge Royce Lamberth...

TwoSpirit 13.Jan.2005 03:10

Uncle Sam

The neocons and their neo-liberal counterparts are squeezing the American economy for it's last bit of worth. They know the only correction that is needed is less spending...but why?...you have a population more interested in themselves and tv then what's going on. Once they figure it out, it will be too late for most of them. After social security, they will have pretty much screwed everyone, but they don't need or want to fix America...look in the mirror, that's who will be expected to pay for their deliberate screwups.

Once the aristocracy is done, they will move on...do you think congress will suffer with a trashed economy? Of course not. They are getting ready for another economy boom...China. Murdoch's foxnews is already laying the seeds to control their tv(sound familiar?). Who cares where you make your money. If you are stupid enough to think our current government gives a $hit about you, you deserve what they will be delivering. If you want your dollars to be worth more then paper, buy gold. This is what they don't want you to get hip to. If you use gold as a reserve currency instead of the dollar, they can't make money off something nobody wants. They will pretend people want it, then the quick move up on gold will happen(just like the late 70's), cash out, you hear the news, buy gold, then they smash gold by dumping(while they invest back in the dollar or yuan). Classic pump and dump.(kind of like those short trades on 9/11)

Most of the smart money(phase one) knows this. Without a change in policy(the proposed changes are worse/faster), we are doomed. The institutions(phase two) are starting to come on board, the final phase is when everyone is talking about gold...when everyone wants something, you better be selling it. Don't be fooled, fundamentally speaking...their is nothing on the horizon that shows deviation from this direction...take a look at a dollar chart and gold chart since 2000. It's not rocket science...even for the president of the federal reserve bank of boston:

"Unavoidable economic logic suggests that eventually this situation will prove unsustainable," Cathy Minehan(Jan 05)

She's speaking about the triple defecits: US Budget, US Trade and the US Current Account. American values aren't going to mean much when you can't even afford one of those nifty ribbon magnets...made in China of course. The war is the only thing holding this puppy up, that's why everyone is so intent on keeping it up. America has nothing else to offer.(except debt)

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